Issue # 10 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Refrigerator manufacturers v. the social cost of carbon
  • BIll McKibben on WW III
  • Help (national) get funding through CREDO Mobile
  • So many upcoming events!
Refrigerator Manufacturers Out in the Cold

What is the social cost of carbon?

You're entitled to your own opinion. But according to the U.S. government, the social cost of a ton of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere is $36. (For context, one ton is roughly the amount you expend when you fly across the country.)

As you can imagine, modeling all the short- and long-term impacts of CO2 to arrive at a single number is fraught with complexity and disagreement. But failing to assign any number essentially means we're factoring zero costs into our policy making and standards-setting.

On August 15 the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a group of refrigerator manufacturers who were challenging the   In the words of this article from CleanTechnica, this decision "marks the first time a court in the US has judicially sanctioned the idea of putting a price on carbon."
Bill McKibben: Mobilizing for World War III

We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII, says Bill McKibben in The New Republic. In the North this summer, a devastating offensive is underway. Enemy forces have seized huge swaths of territory; with each passing day another 22,000 square miles of Arctic ice disappears ...
CREDO - Vote for

CREDO Mobile donates to progressive causes when people use their products or services.

They've selected [national] as one of their August funding recipients! Can you help us win the funds? The grant amount depends on our share of votes--the more votes, the larger our share of funding. Voting is open to everyone, not just CREDO members, and it takes less than a minute. Voting ends August 31, so please cast a vote today. We’d also appreciate your forwarding this link to your friends.

Vote Now for CREDO funding for 
Mother Earth News Fair
We all know Mother Earth News, right? Organic gardening, chickens and goats, upcycling, and natural remedies. Also: green transportation, eco-friendly homes, and renewable energy in your backyard.

350 Pittsburgh has reserved a booth at the Mother Earth News fair, September 23-25 at Seven Springs. We’ll be designing a “mini-campaign” to inspire attendees to take climate action. We’ll need people to help us develop the campaign message and materials; to staff the booth over the three days of the fair; and as roving ambassadors to visit other booths, many of which will harbor potential partners and allies. To volunteer, please contact us at
Upcoming Events

Aug 18-19:
Center for Coalfield Justice Fight for Streams and Public Lands - Environmental Hearing Board Trial about streams in and around Ryerson Station State Park. Sign-up required.

Aug 20: Public Transportation: Present Day Issues, Future Possibilities. Discussion with panelists from Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Amalgamated Transit Union, and the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group; sponsored by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. 1:30 pm, Pump House, Munhall.

Aug 24: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee monthly meeting, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Squirrel Hill Library. All are welcome.

Aug 25: Film: Josh Fox's new short-form movie "Gaswork: The Fight for CJ's Law." Patty DeMarco will comment. 7:30 pm, Pump House, Munhall.

Aug 29: Film: "Time to Choose: Climate Change for Good." 7:30 pm, Southside Works Cinema. $12.65. Purchase tickets in advance; film will only be shown if 48 people sign up.

Sep 9 - Oct 9: Re:NEW Festival, A celebration of creative reuse, transformation, and sustainability. Hands-on workshops, talks and tours for all ages. Performances, films, and music. On Sep 15 at 7:00 pm, the festival will feature a 45-minute screening of four Sustainability Pioneers documentary episodes produced by Chatham University professor Kirsi Jansa. 

Sep 10: Go Green festival (formerly the Fossil Free Energy Fair), including an Electric Car Show and Cruise. Cranberry Township.

Sep 23-25: Mother Earth News fair (see above). Seven Springs Resort.

Oct 1: Pittsburgh Solar Tour. October is National Solar Tour month. Yes, really. This year’s Pittsburgh tour, organized by PennFuture, offers multiple routes that feature a mix of solar homes, businesses, and public buildings. In total, there will be 20 tour stops with educational resources and knowledgeable solar owners and advocates at each one. Plus, there will be mapped bike paths and children's activities promoted on each route. Noon – 4 pm.
News Items

Grant Township Makes Progress in Fracking Lawsuit.. Grant Township in Indiana County is being sued by Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) to overturn the township's ban on fracking injection wells.

August 17, 2016
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